Sen. Grassley and twelve other Senators -- Kyl, Specter, Isakson, Vitter, Chambliss, DeMint, Sessions, Inhofe, Ensign, Coburn, Graham, and Allard – sent a letter to Majority Leader Reid noting that nearly 80,000 employers use E-Verify now and more than 1,000 employers voluntarily sign up for the program each week. The letter notes that businesses using the program need to know Congress will not let it die, and that extending the program will keep employers accountable while giving them the tools needed to abide by the law in their hiring practices.
In June, Sen. Grassley introduced legislation (S. 3093) that would permanently reauthorize E-Verify and makes several improvements to the program. Among other things, the bill would require: businesses who have a history of illegal hirings to use E-Verify; employers to re-verify employees who are in the United States on temporary status; and federal contractors to use the program (something already being implemented by the Bush Administration).
Updated: Wed, Dec 30th 2009 @ 10:29am EST